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Clairwood Connection

February 2023

❤️ ❤️ Happy Valentines Month! ❤️ ❤️

In this issue of the Clairwood Connection, you’ll find year end Market Stats for the Western District of the Southern Georgian Bay area; a look at The Dorchester: Collingwood’s Newest Boutique Hotel; a great Valentine Recipe for Berries ’N Cream French Toast Casserole; a link to our latest blog “Cabin Fever: Easy Home Updates For Snowy Days“; a look at some of our fabulous current listings; and the latest real estate news.

You can also link to our website to check out our  Featured Listings, Community Profiles and Our Clairwood Team!

If you are thinking of making a new beginning with a property purchase in the Southern Georgian Bay area, you will benefit from working with one of our amazing REALTORS®. Give us a call at 705.445.7085 to connect today!

Market Statistics 

Here is our Market Snapshot for January 2023. Have questions? Give us a call to connect with one of our REALTORS® who can help you interpret the current market trends. 705.445.7085. To see the detailed Market Statistics for the Southern Georgian Bay Real Estate Market, click here

The Dorchester:

Collingwood’s Newest Boutique Hotel


Collingwood is one of the most popular destinations for those from the GTA looking for a winter escape, and now, it has a beautiful “new” boutique hotel. “New” being the key word here, because the recently remodelled Dorchester Hotel was actually one of Collingwood’s first hotels.

Having opened in 1895, it was originally named “The Dominion Hotel”, and even had the town’s very first elevator. Guests were known to relish in the delights of the Dorchester’s ambiance while enjoying the excitement along Hurontario St from their balconies.

The building was later restructured into apartment buildings, but was in a state of disrepair by the time Tammy and Chris Millsap purchased it in 2021 and embarked on their journey to bring it back to its former glory. Determined to pay homage to its original heritage while giving it a modern twist, The Dorchester Hotel’s restoration process was no easy task, but it looks like it paid off. 

Today, the hotel has 30 updated guest rooms, each with their own unique retro elegance. These range from classic studios to one-bedroom suites with queen and king beds. There are luxurious linens, bespoke toiletries, high-end bathtubs and the latest in hotel tech entertainment. In-room record players and vintage décor, along with historic photographs invoke The Dorchester’s past.

Right in Collingwood’s downtown core, and close to amazing restaurants and shopping, the ski hills at Blue Mountain, the shimmering Georgian Bay waterfront, and countless hiking and biking trails – perfect for a ❤️ romantic ❤️ weekend getaway, no matter the season!


Featured Listings




Valentine Recipe

Berries ’N Cream French Toast Casserole 


  • French baguette
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 tablespoon cream cheese
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 6-8 large strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • maple syrup


  1. start by slicing a French baguette into 1 – 1 ½ inch pieces.
  2. arrange the bread slices side by side in a loaf pan or casserole
  3. place a slice of strawberry between each bread slice. Large strawberries will look best here.
  4. add eggs, cream cheese and milk to a blender cup and pulse for 30s until mixture is smooth.
  5. pour cream mixture onto the bread and strawberries, making sure there is cream between all the bread slices.
  6. bake at 350F degrees for 30-35 minutes or until bread turns golden brown.

Remove from oven and serve with fresh blueberries and warm maple syrup.

Note: this recipe can be arranged the night before. Keep cream mixture in an air tight covered dish and only mix it up to half hour before baking, otherwise the bread will become soggy.

Read our Latest Blog

Cabin Fever: Easy Home Updates For Snowy Days

As the snowy winter days drag on, it’s easy to find yourself going a little stir crazy cooped up inside with nothing to do. But believe it or not, those dreary winter days are the perfect time to spruce up your home and tackle some afternoon DIY projects to help get your home ready to list for the upcoming spring real estate market. Not only does it help pass the time until the warmer weather, but it can also give your home a fresh new look, without spending a lot of money. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can revamp your home this winter, on a budget!

Read more

Real Estate News

Together we make up a group of enthusiastic professionals eager to show you the possibilities of the Southern Georgian Bay real estate market. We use the most current tools and technology so we can meet your needs, whether they be investments or a dream home. With years of experience in real estate and the Georgian Bay area, we value our clients because we care about this area and the people who live in it. Click here to connect. We look forward to meeting you.

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